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Mr. President

President Stephen Decatur Henderson is en route to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. Although a breach of protocol, he determines to land in Moscow nonetheless and the resulting humiliation costs him re-election.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Elementary School / Primary, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
For his final Broadway score, Irving Berlin went straight to the top-the exalted office of President of the United States-to evoke the humanity within the First Family.

President Stephen Decatur Henderson is en route to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. Although a breach of protocol, he determines to land in Moscow nonetheless and the resulting humiliation costs him re-election.

While his wife and two children are grateful to return home, the former President is not. He yearns to return to political life but when the offer of a Senate seat comes with compromising conditions attached, he turns it down. His love of country is primary though, and eventually he proudly returns to government at the behest of the new president.

REVIEWS:

"A sheaf of tuneful melodies from the doyen of the songwriting profession...full of heart, sentimentality and patriotic fervor...production numbers that are dazzling...an exceedingly pleasant show."

Women's Wear Daily

"The Berlin score contains sweetness, romantic lilt and rhythmic buoyancy."

The New York Times
Premiere Production: In 1962, Mr. President opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway where it ran for 265 performances.
  • Casting: 6M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • MANAGER
    PRESIDENT STEPHEN DECATUR HENDERSON
    NELL HENDERSON - his wife
    LESLIE HENDERSON - his daughter
    LARRY HENDERSON - his son
    WALTER O'CONNOR - a Secretary in the Cabinet
    DAVID CALDWELL
    YOUSSEIN DAVAIR
    TIPPY TAYLOR - a secretary
    PAT GREGORY - of the Secret Service
    CHARLEY WAYNE - of the Secret Service
    PRINCESS KYRA
    A RUSSIAN SOLDIER
    ARTHUR BLANCHARD
    COLONEL WILSON - a pilot of the President's plane
    MRS. LOTTA PENDLETON
    GEORGE PERKINS
    MR. THOMAS
    SNOW QUEEN
    RADIO OPERATOR
    ALI HASSOUD
    ABOU
    FIRST COMMENTATOR
    SECOND COMMENTATOR
    A WORKMAN
    MISS BARNES
    THE DEACON
    A CASHIER
    SERGEANT STONE - of the State Police
    CHESTER KINCAID
    BETTY CHANDLER
    A SPIELER
    GOVERNOR HARMON BARDAHL
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    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Conductor Score

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    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Conductor Score

    $75.00
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    20 x Vocal Books
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    1 x Piano/Celeste (Piano Conductor Score)
    1 x Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed II (Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed III (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x Trumpet I-II
    1 x Trumpet III (Doubles Cow Bell)
    1 x Trombone I
    1 x Trombone II (Doubles Tom-Tom)
    1 x Violin A (Divisi)
    1 x Violin B (Divisi)
    1 x Viola (Divisi)
    1 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Bass
    1 x Harp
    1 x Guitar
    1 x Percussion (Trap Set, Timpani, Bells, Wood Block, Temple Blocks, Gong, Finger Cymbals, Bongos, Ratchet, Triangle, Whistle, Cow Bell)

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